News

27th Jul

Face Masks

We are now requesting that all patients coming to the surgery, for any reason, should wear their own face mask and clean their hands before entering.

You can purchase one, they are widely available, or you can make your own. Here are some instructions on how to do this:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html

If you forget to bring one with you, you can buy one in the surgery foyer for a donation of £2 to Cotswold Friends, who have done so much to support the practice and our patients during the lockdown.

The masks have been made locally by Moreton Scrubhub.If you have any patterned or plain sheets, duvet covers or similar fabric that you no longer need or maybe yur sewing thread box is overflowing, please consider donating some reels of thread, elastic or fabric to the Scrub Hub ladies from Cotswold Friends who are making the masks and need more supplies. If you would like to sew masks for the project, the contact details are as follows:

Cotswold Friends  - Telephone Number 01608 697006

Email: moretonscrubhub@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                       

 Patient Information leaflet on face coverings

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust have developed a helpful and comprehensive patient information leaflet on wearing face coverings for COVID-19. The leaflet explains; why you should wear a face covering when you have no symptoms of coronavirus; how to put on and take off your face covering correctly; how to wash hands correctly; and an FAQ around resusing and sharing masks with family members. Please click below to view leaflet.

Face Covering Leaflet

 

 Face Mask Exemption Letter requests

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings. 

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.

Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:

 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings

 

 

9th Jul

Coming to the surgery

Face Masks

We are now requesting that all patients coming to the surgery, for any reason, should wear their own face mask and clean their hands before entering.

Appointments

We have telephone and video appointments with all our GPs, and these are bookable on line. We are restricting face to face appointments to those issues which cannot be dealt with by phone or video. If your GP feels that you need to be seen face to face, they will arrange a specific appointment when they speak to you.

Many nurse appointments are also being offered bt telephone or video. Some patients may need to attend the surgery for a blodd test before speaking to a nurse, e.g. for diabetes. These appointments are not available for on-line booking as all our nurses and healthcare assistantss have different training and we do not want patients to book in for an appointment with the wrong team member.

Please can you arrive on tme for any face to face appointment, but avoid coming early to reduce numbers in the waiting room.

9th Jul

Active Practice Charter

The Practice has been awarded a listing on the Active Practice Charter, an initiative from the Royal College of GPs and Sport England. We've pledged to meet the following criteria:

  • Reduce sedentarybehaviour in both our patients and staff
  • Increase physical activity in both our patients and staff
  • Partner with external exercise providers

Amongst other things, we're making changes to the waiting rooms, providing a standing waiting area, showing seated exercise ideas on our TV information screens and we already walk to collect you from the waiting room rather than using a call system.

We have a staffstep count competition and we're a Park Run Practice with links to the Fire Service College Park Run in Moreton-in-Marsh. You will likely see staff here on a Saturday morning.

For more information about local activity providers and exercises you can do yourself at home for general fitness or specific conditions, please carry on reading.  

Exercise Chart

You may have specific conditions that could be improved by doing certain execises, or you may be looking to improve your general health. Please click on the below chart to find appropriate exercises for you. Follow the key to choose which exercises will be most relevant to your needs. Just click on the relevant link which will direct you to helpful advice.  

Exercise info chart

25th Jun

How you can help us to maintain your health

How you can help us maintain your health

We are encouraging patients to purchase a thermometer to have it at home to enable the GPs to make an assessment remotely when appropriate.

It is also useful to have a Blood Pressure Monitor to have at home if you are suffering from any cardio vascular disease, diabetes or are being treated for blood pressure management. Some information about blood pressure monitors is here :

Choosing a BP Machine and Measuring at home

22nd Apr

Coronavirus

Following guidance from NHS England to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, the practice will no longer be offering GP face to face appointments unless clinically necessary until further notice. Patients will be offered a telephone consultation instead. Patients who already have a face to face appointment booked will be contacted to change to a telephone appointment instead.

Any GP appointment that is clinically needed face to face will be triaged prior to the appointment.

Some routine nurse and Health Care Assistant appointments may also be cancelled. Appointments where a face to face appointment is clinically required will continue. (E.g. warfarin monitoring)

If you suspect you have come into contact with Coronavirus or are self isolating, DO NOT come into the surgery or attend A&E. Phone 111 for assessment and advice.

Please click on the link for the latest advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Please click on the link for a Coronavirus Symptom Checker: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

How to get coronavirus support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person. Please click on the link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

How to join the NHS Volunteer Responders. Please click on the link: www.goodsamapp.org/nhs

22nd Apr

Travel Cancellation Insurance Forms (Coronavirus)

 

Unless you are unwell and have had a consultation with one of our clinical staff, we cannot complete travel insurance forms. The first step is to speak to your insurance company. If you have an underlying medical condition which may result in you being at greater risk of coronavirus and its' effects, you can access your medical record on line and send a medical summary to your insurance company should they require it.  

5th Mar

Have you got the NHS App?

At home or on the move, with the new NHS App you can conveniently order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical records, manage appointments at your GP surgery, set organ donation preferences, and check symptoms.

The app has been developed by the NHS and has been designed to help people get more information about their health and care - and more control of how they use NHS services. New functions and services will also be added in the coming months. Why not download it and try it out? 

The app is convenient, gives you more control of your health at all times, and is owned and run by the NHS.

What does the NHS App do?

The NHS App allows you to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. A desktop version is launching soon too.

You can use it wherever you are, at any time. It puts valuable information about your health and treatments at your fingertips.

You can:

  • order repeat prescriptions
  • view your GP medical record
  • book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery
  • register for organ donation and change your donation preferences
  • use the symptoms checker, including an A to Z of conditions and treatment advice from the NHS website
  • access 111 Online, for advice on self-care and whether urgent help is needed

Is my information safe?

Just like a banking app, your identity will be carefully checked during the simple registration process. The app has been designed, built and tested so that your personal information is always safe and secure.

How to register through the NHS App

Download the app from your mobile device’s app store and follow the easy step-by-step registration instructions. It will help if you know your NHS number (though this isn’t essential), and you will need to have a form of ID (passport or driving license) to hand.

If you want to learn more, visit the NHS App page on the NHS UK website.

5th Mar

GP Practice Survey

The latest GP Practice survey has been released and can be viewed via the link below.

https://gp-patient.co.uk/report?w=1&practicecode=L84038

5th Mar

Green Impact for Health

The Practice has committed to the Green Impact for Health Scheme which has been set up to accredit practices who are aiming to reduce our impact on the environment and work in a more sustainable way.

This successful scheme has been set up by the National Union of Students and has been running since 2006, but has been expanded in recent years to include the Royal College of General Practitioners.

We use an online system targeting energy use, waste disposal, water usage, procurement, prescribing and travel, with points awarded for achievements in reducing our impact on the environment. These achievements are recognised with Bronze, Silver and Gold awards which we are currently working towards.

Our Practice is aware of the importance of working in a greener way to ensure that we leave the planet in good condition for future generations and by joining this national scheme, we hope we can continue to make positive changes.

5th Mar

Text Messaging

The practice is trialling using text messaging to contact patients. Please can patients make sure we have your updated mobile telephone number and email address.

Let us know if you consent to receiving text messages

5th Mar

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